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The Nature of God
Where DID this all come from?
Ever wonder who God really is? Does He really exist? Those are deep questions and very worthy ones. Questions that all civilizations, cultures, and generations have pondered. And the answers have come from the same places each time.
God in Nature
What can we learn from nature about God?? We learn that everything around us has an origin. Every flower can trace itself back to its own seed. Every salmon can find its very own birth place. Nothing caused itself to happen.
Don't know if you believe that? My daughter just finished a chapter in science on the topic of life. She was amazed that people once thought that flies were brought to life out of raw meat by the means of spontaneous generation, the theory that non-living things can produce living things. Francesco Redi, an Italian physician, wanted to prove that life could not spontaneously create itself. The results was that life had to come from life. Nothing in this mass universe caused itself to exist.
From that we can conclude that God is a creating God. A God that produces a well-designed and orderly universe. Where everything has a purpose and a place.
Romans 1:20 states:
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (NIV)
Every culture worships and recognizes a surpreme being, a being that brought forth life. The Native Americans recognized that each creation (bear, deer, tree, rock, bird) was a gift and not to be taken lightly. Our gut tells us that there is something. Nature tells us Who that is!
So what do we know from Nature?
- That God is self-existant, eternal
- That God is Creator
But nature was just the beginning.....
The Rest of the Story....
Nature only gives a wonderous glimpse into God's nature. The Bible, scriptures, complete the dimensions as much as earthly possible.
One thing to note as we go on is that nowhere does the Bible attempt to prove the existence of God. It accepts the Creator as is.
From these words the attributes of God are endless and could fill the virtual world. Many could even say that they feel that mere words are meaningless in trying to convey the full magnitude of Him. But to simplify things for our minds we could put all is nature into two categories:
1 John 4:8-10 states that God is love:
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (NIV)
Psalm 103:8-10 describe him as compassionate:
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities (NIV)
Micah 7:18-19 states that He is merciful:
Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. (NIV)
We all have a sense of right and wrong. We all cry out when we see injustices being done. We want to right everything around us. We know that there is good and bad. To be righteousness means to be good and true.
Psalm 71:15 states that God is righteousness and cannot do anything morally wrong:
My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
of your salvation all day long,
though I know not its measure. (NIV)
He is Truth and cannot lie to us - Psalm 33:4-5
For the word of the LORD is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love. (NIV)
He has the right answer all the time - Wisdom - Psalm 104:24:
How many are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures. (NIV)
How Does That Affect me?
Why do most people begin their religious activities with singing and praise? Because He deserves them.
His righteousness carries HUGE implications. He is perfect and wise. We are NOT!!!